Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Robert B. Moore
The people are the theater. Nature sets the scene, and man plays his part through the challenging scenes of seed-time and harvest, in the cold days when the Frost comes and the keen windows blow. It is from the things manifested in people's life--their love, joy, hatred, malice, envy, generosity, passion, courage, and fear--that the trust playwrights weave their somber and gay patterns of action and dialogue. The above statement appears in an article by Sean O’Casey written more than 20 years after his first successful play, The Shadow of a Gunman, was produced at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. His plea for the continual presentation of “life” as the foundation for theatrical scripts could be considered a parallel to the call for an explicit investigation into real “joy” invoked by John Millington Synge in his preface to The Playboy of the Western World in 1907.
Martin, Mary Beth, "Directing thesis: "Juno and the Paycock"" (1973). Student Work. 3219.
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